In the middle of the night or during the day, or at anytime, a request will come over the PA system for a type of blood from a prescreened soldier. When an soldier is WIA or an accident happens there isn't a blood bank here, but live soldiers that are prescreened that answer the call for blood.
Yesterday we had a prescreened blood drive here on FOB Fenty.
SGT Kate Torris from Hawaii is taking blood from SSGT Ranjan Sunuwar of Colorado Springs
One ounce vials are taken of all the soldiers who participate and then prescreened and kept on file. We have had two such requests for blood since I've been here this week. I am impressed that what ever the time of day or night the request comes, soldiers run to the aid station without question.